Walmart as America's Eczema

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Time-lapsed mapping of the growth of Walmart across the United States over the last 47 years appears, for better or worse, eerily akin to a skin rash or poxvirus. 

Sam Walton opened his first two stores in Arkansas by 1965:

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Ten years later, the retailer had expanded to 104 stores in middle America:

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By the mid-eighties, Walmart had expanded north and east with 741 stores:

walmart615.pngNathan Yao/Vimeo

Ten years later, there were more than 2000 locations across the country:

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By 2005, domination was complete, with 3045 locations.

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Here's the video version:

Rapid Growth of Walmart from Nathan Yau on Vimeo.




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